UHS Opens New Behavioral Health Hospital

Universal Health Services (NYSE: UHS) has opened its latest behavioral health facility. 

Canyon Creek Behavioral Health — a 102-bed psychiatric hospital in Temple, Texas — will start serving adults this fall. From there, it will continue to phase in additional units and service offerings through 2021, when it will become fully operational.

Eventually, the facility will offer behavioral health care to adolescents, adults and seniors in the area.


Canyon Creek will feature collaborative, multidisciplinary teams; an integrated assessment and referral center; treatment for co-occurring substance use disorders (SUDs) and mental health conditions; telehealth services; intensive day programs; outpatient care; and specialized academic training programs. 

UHS is working with Baylor Scott & White Health — a health care system headquartered in Dallas, Texas — to provide services at Canyon Creek. 

To date, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania-based UHS has 328 behavioral health facilities spread across the U.S., Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the United Kingdom. It also has 26 acute care hospitals, 42 outpatient facilities and ambulatory care access points, an insurance offering, a physician network and other related service offerings.


Canyon Creek is one of many new behavioral facilities UHS has in its pipeline, according to Ethan Permenter, a divisional vice president for UHS.

“The opening here today is one of seven new behavioral facilities UHS is working on opening in the months to come,” Permenter said during a presentation at Canyon Creek’s Sept. 23 ribbon cutting ceremony. “We have new facilities underway in Iowa, California, Wisconsin, Michigan, Missouri and Arizona. We are proud to bring our clinical expertise to all of those new facilities that will be opening very soon.” 

New developments aren’t the only thing keeping UHS busy as of late. On top of the opening of Canyon Creek, UHS recently announced the launch of a new artificial intelligence pilot with Eleos Health, a digital behavioral health care provider, with the ultimate goal being to improve behavioral health outcomes.

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